…when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. The Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother? He said, “I do not know. Am I my brothers keeper?” and He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. Genesis 4:8-9
The Greenwood Massacre 1821
The Tulsa Race Massacre stands out as one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history—and, for decades, it remained one of the least known. Over the course of 18 hours, from May 31 to June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked residents, homes and businesses in the predominantly Black Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. News reports were largely squelched for decades, despite the fact that hundreds of people were killed and thousands were left homeless. https://www.history.com/news/tulsa-race-massacre-facts
It’s Not Just The Race Thing But The Hate Thing
May 31, 2021 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Oklahoma Race Massacre. Many know of this event as the burning down of Black Wall Street. The beautiful souls who were living in this city, peacefully were thriving professionals and entrepreneurs. Barbers, landlords, doctors operating hospitals, teachers running schools, moms, and dads were living in this booming segregated area in Tulsa until jealously and hatred created a reason to kill the residents and burn the city to the ground. History is bringing this dark event into the light. Some ask why is society just now learning about this domestic terrorist event but I wonder how could race make people hate so passionately that they could kill innocent people and destroy their property? Race is not real.
As we exit the first pandemic in our country since 1918, one can see our society from a new vantage point. It can be liken to the beach after a severe hurricane, covered in rocks, ugly, and uncomfortable. The rocks were there all the time but buried underneath the sand. When ‘all men are created equal’ was written, many of those who embraced this notion had an unwritten belief that some beings were not included because of their race. It is ugly and uncomfortable but just like the rocks on the beach, racism has been a part of our society since the beginning. It has been hidden under a lofty ideal called ‘freedom’. If freedom was a loaf of bread then some unfortunate ingredients have been baked into the dough such as enslavement, internment, theft, and murder. Racism steals, kills, and destroys people. These attributes are part of the world of darkness. And as my dear friend Veron used to say, ‘you don’t need a sledge hammer from Alcatraz’ to help you break this down to see how wrong it is.
American society has created a concept of race. Contemporary scholars agree that “race” was a recent invention and that it was essentially a folk idea, not a product of scientific research and discovery… a growing number of scholars in many disciplines have declared that the real meaning of race in American society has to do with social realities, quite distinct from physical variations in the human species. ORIGIN OF THE IDEA OF RACE by Audrey Smedley Anthropology Newsletter, November 1997.
The Wheat and the Tares
“God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too. “The farmhands came to the farmer and said, ‘Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn’t it? Where did these thistles come from?’ “He answered, ‘Some enemy did this.’ The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles?’ “He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.’ Matthew 13:24-30 The Message
‘Race’ is a tare, a weed, a false definition that has become a part of the social fabric. Race gives human beings a reason to hate. Being a tare is powerful because its negative energy can choke out and smother the good. In Tulsa on that dark day, I am sure there were individuals who described themselves as “good Christian people‘ but they opened their hearts to evil and being filled with hate, burned down that neighborhood, killing innocent people. Those men may have believed that they had gotten away with the crime. I don’t know but no one was ever been charged or held accountable. It is speculation but I am sure that some were even proud of themselves. The truth seemed to have gotten lost in history but it wasn’t. The light is shining brightly on it today, despite being 100 years later. We see the faces, feel the hatred, the fear, and recognize the ignorance. Yes, like other stories that took time to emerge from the dark corners of history, it came out and this supports my belief that truth always rises.
We can be truthtellers
Light shines in darkness to usher in enlightenment. People seemingly wise beyond their years are in the same space as those without a clue. Who determines the wise and the ignorant? Love does. A powerful thought!!! No love, no wisdom, no enlightenment. Ignorance and evil can hide in the dark mindset but where ever and in whom ever we find love, we will also discover wisdom which illuminates our thoughts.
I am not a scholar just a human being who believes that it is important to speak up on behalf of love and community. Hating someone because of their race is darkness, ignorance, and reveals the absence of light. Being who God created you to be and loving yourself & others is to be light and love. The greatest force in the universe, undefinable and more expansive than creation itself is love and love is on our side. Time is on our side too because eternity is pure love and light. I believe in a creator who is love and the divine spark of this love can be ignited even in those who hate. I accept because of my spiritual prism that I will always reach the conclusion that as we awaken, we join together and live in harmony. I believe a day will come when love will dissipate hate by simply loving it to death. R.I.P.